[Federal Register: September 12, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 177)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Human Remains and Associated
Funerary Objects from Fort Stevenson, Dakota Territory in the
Possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard
University, Cambridge, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects from Fort Stevenson, Dakota Territory in the
possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard
University, Cambridge, MA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne
River Reservation, South Dakota; the Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota;
the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation,
Montana; and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota.
    In 1867, human remains representing three individuals were removed
from Fort Stevenson, Dakota Territory by U.S. Army Surgeon Charles C.
Gray and Acting Assistant Surgeon Washington Matthews on behalf of the
Smithsonian Institution. No known individuals were identified. A Notice
of Inventory Completion for these human remains was published September
3, 1997; a corrected notice was published September 15, 1997. The 16
associated funerary objects are 7 dentalium shell beads, 7 oval shell
beads, 1 blue glass bead and a brass bracelet.
    Neither the records of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Ethnology nor the Smithsonian Institution indicate the date of transfer
of these individuals to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Ethnology. Primary accession and catalogue documents associated with
these individuals at the Smithsonian record the individuals to be
``Yanktonnais Sioux.'' Cuthead Band of Upper Yanktonai Sioux oral
traditions and historical documents indicate that Fort Stevenson was
located within the Cuthead Band's traditional territory during the 19th
century. The specific cultural affiliation attributed to the
individuals by the collectors and the known policy during the 19th
century of the Smithsonian Institution to request the remains of
recently deceased Native individuals to be collected by U.S. Army
personnel and Indian agents and sent to the Smithsonian Institution
further support affiliation with the Cuthead Band of Yanktonai Sioux.
The Cuthead Band of Yanktonai Sioux are represented by the Cheyenne
River Sioux Tribe, Spirit Lake Tribe, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of
the Fort

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Peck Reservation, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 16 objects listed above are reasonably believed
to have been placed with or near individual human remains at the time
of death or later as part of the death rite or ceremony. Officials of
the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group
identity that can be reasonably traced between these associated
funerary objects and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne
River Reservation, South Dakota; the Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota;
the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation,
Montana; and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota.
This notice has been sent to officials of the Cheyenne River Sioux
Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota; the Spirit Lake
Tribe, North Dakota; the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck
Indian Reservation, Montana; and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North
and South Dakota. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these associated
funerary objects should contact Barbara Isaac, Repatriation
Coordinator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard
University, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617)
495-2254, before October 12, 2000. Repatriation of the associated
funerary objects to the culturally affiliated tribes may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: August 18, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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